Everything they sell is sustainable and ethically sourced using non-destructive fishing methods. They also stock local and world food deli items from independent suppliers.
They smoke a selection of their fish in traditional smoke houses in Grimsby using methods passed down through generations of fish smokers.
The shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays as they’re unable to source fresh produce on those days.
About the owner:
Lewis Sparkes is used to early mornings.
The 31-year-old’s grandfather was a trawlerman, his dad is a fish merchant in Grimsby and as a child he’d get up at the crack of dawn to help at the family business.
Now Lewis runs Jaines & Son in Stoke Newington Church Street... and he still gets up at the crack of dawn!
He studied environmental sustainability at university and went on to work front-of-house in restaurants and gastro pubs, including The Pig & Butcher in Islington and White Rabbit in Dalston. He opened his shop two and a half years ago.
I’ve always wanted to open a shop and, having grown up around fish, this seemed the natural next step. I buy a lot of fish from my Dad. It’s all MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) approved.
When I first moved to London, I lived in Albion Road, but it wasn’t until I opened the shop that I really saw a different side to it – to have a sense of community like Stoke Newington’s is quite rare.
When he’s not selling fish, Lewis plays guitar in a heavy rock band ‘The Nothing Heads’ and performs regular gigs in East London.
Posted 30th January 2019